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Untitled. Mix-media installation. 280 cm x 860 cm From the festival Re/Shaping the city, Montenegro, Cetinje, 2021. Reflection of the self and the space. Collation with the surroundings. Reunion, self-awareness through the contemplated reflection view.Eco-based installation in an old abandoned jail. Day and night view. Reflection of the self and the space. Collation with the surroundings. Reunion, self-awareness through the contemplated reflection view. Physically, mirrors reflect light and thus reflect the world around us. Spiritually, light has a symbolic attachment to illumination, awareness, and wisdom etc. Therefore, in terms of spiritual symbolism, mirrors reflect truth. They reflect what it is. Psychology however – as it often does – disagrees entirely and flips this symbolism on its head. In a psychological sense, mirrors symbolize the threshold between the conscious mind and the unconscious mind. By looking into a mirror, one may look towards the depths of their unconsciousness. The image the mirror produces is therefore symbolic and can be made sense of in both conscious and subconscious thought processes.Waste materials were collected from the “Obod” factory.‘’Obod’’ is an old abandoned factory, was founded to produce freezers, refrigerators, washing machines and other home appliances, for all of former Yugoslavia, and remains a perfectly preserved example of the ideals of communism, industrialism and modernism that were so circumspectly situated next to the centuries-old libraries, palaces, monasteries and mountains that make Montenegro such a compelling geographic location. ‘’Obod’’, once employed about five thousand people who mostly all lost their jobs after the various privatizations which bypassed Cetinje. Areas of about 180,000 square meters and large halls are unused and have been decaying for years. Located in the middle of Cetinje, which was the capital of the old kingdom of Montenegro.
About the festival : Re / Shaping The City is composed of series of site-specific interactive installations in public spaces that, with their content, aim to reshape and modify stereotypes, implementing new ways of seeing and thinking. The mission of the festival is to revive old, abandoned houses in the historical part of the city center of Cetinje and the prison premises in the Bogdanov region, through a new way of perceiving, interpreting and repurposing them. The vision of the festival is to bring artists together from different cultural backgrounds in order to create new spaces of communication and exchange of ideas, suitable for further development of creativity.
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